The Fourth of July is no “blast” for pets. Here are some tips for pet owners for a safe Independence Day holiday:
• Resist the urge to take pets to Independence Day festivities.
• Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain.
• Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep your pet company while you’re attending picnics, parades and other celebrations.
• Never use fireworks around pets.
• Make sure your pets have a microchip and are wearing identification tags so that, if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly.
• Do not leave your pet in the car. With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects — even death — in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.
• Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. If you are using a barbecue grill, always keep an eye on your pet, to be sure anything hot is out of reach of hungry dog noses. For more information on keeping your pets safe this summer, visit the Arizona Animal Welfare League & Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website at http://www.aawl.org.